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  • kashania: I mean Pat is very sympathetic and all but that Goldie is crazy! (I imagine that Simone... 10:43 PM
  • Grane: LOL. Goldie’s “Embroidery Aria” is second to none. 9:40 PM
  • kashania: On the night I saw it, we were so disappointed to find out that it was Goldie Hawn’s night... 9:00 PM
  • Krunoslav: Scotto sang Elvira in 1957 at the Stoll Theater seasons in London. 8:51 PM
  • Grane: The one that looked like the Joke Wall from Laugh-In? 8:42 PM
  • kashania: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=wQvB TO7ExMc 8:12 PM
  • kashania: Thanks for that story, willym. When I first heard this I wondered whether she and Vickers had ever... 8:10 PM
  • operaassport: The thought of Jessye Norman and 69 sent shivers down my spine. 7:37 PM
  • operaassport: Doesn’t matter. 7:36 PM
  • willym: Many thanks Kashania – I was in tears by the end. She, Vickers and Louis Quilico did an Otello... 7:23 PM

Luke swarm

La Cieca (pictured) fears that the parterre hive mind proved itself populated with more drones than workers this time around, since last month’s poll seems to have fallen rather wide of the mark. Read more »

And all the rest is talk

“Labor! Oh, the problem of labor at the Met is gargantuan,” Our Own JJ (not pictured) would have said, had he thought of it, during a panel discussion on WQXR’s Conducting Business program, which can be heard after the jump.   Read more »

Only connect…

Independent auditor chosen by the Met, AGMA and Local 802 to report on the company’s finances, Eugene Keilin, is a “generous” donor to the Met, giving at least $25,000 in 2011-2012 according to that season’s Annual Report. (See page 42.) Read more »

furor

Blood and Sandow

Friend and friend-in-law of parterre box Greg Sandow pours the oil of calm and rational analysis upon the troubled waters of the Met’s current labor negotiations in the most recent installment of his always excellent (not to mention eponymous) blog.

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mediator

Back from the dead?

AGMA and Local 802 have agreed to the Met’s proposal that Allison Beck, a representative of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, be appointed immediately to mediate negotiations, working with both sides to find a compromise agreement.

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seance

Séance on a partly cloudy afternoon

Your conduit to the spirit world, La Cieca, isn’t feeling quite as clairvoyante as usual today, cher public, so she’s going to ask your help in predicting what will happen in the course of the Met’s current labor negotiations.

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orchestra

The pit and the pendulum

“The award-winning MET Orchestra’s global reputation as a top-tier ensemble is critical to New York City’s tourism and cultural economy.”

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poppies

So sleepy

Oh, Christ, can you fucking believe a spokesperson for the Met chorus is still clanking on about the price of the poppy field in Prince Igor?

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edith

Drive on

The battle of the management-labor emails continues with Alan Gordon demanding Peter Gelb fire his driver.

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sledgehammer

Sledgehammer

Alan Gordon replies to a letter from Peter Gelb we haven’t seen yet. La Cieca has to wonder if the Wendy White thing is really going to turn out to be an effective negotiating tactic.

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